Walter Neese, of Niles

Published 8:36 am Thursday, March 17, 2016

Sept. 29, 1925 — March 14, 2016

Walter Neil Neese, 90, of Niles, Michigan died at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2016, at Brentwood at Niles following a brief illness.

He was born on Sept. 29, 1925 on the family farm west of Niles to Harold Lafayette and Mildred Gladys (Chamberlain) Neese, and lived in on the west side of Niles most of his life. He attended Niles High School, enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps and was a veteran of World War II. He was a draftsman, and was employed by the former Buchanan plant of Clark Equipment and the former Niles plant of the Kawneer Corporation. He was also employed by several companies in the RV industry.

Walter Neese

Walter Neese

Walter was a member of the American Legion Post #51 in Buchanan, and of the B.P.O.of Niles Elks #1322. He enjoyed traveling in his RV throughout the United States, and especially the southwest. He was an animal lover, always having pets in the house.

On Feb. 8, 1958, in Flint, Michigan he married the former Marjorie Pauline (Bryant) Dyche with whom he celebrated the fifty-third anniversary of their wedding. Pauline preceded him in death on Dec. 27, 2011.

Surviving family includes a daughter, Susan (Terry) Mason of Dowagiac, Michigan and sons Robert (Ginna) Dyche of Basalt, Colorado and Jerry (Peggy) Dyche of Buchanan; seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; and Walter’s sister, Dorothy McLaughlin of Niles and two nieces.

The funeral service for Walter Neese will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 21, 2016 at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles with the Rev. Ronald Smith of Hope Community Church officiating. Committal will follow at the Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles and will conclude with Full Military Honors by the United States Air Force Honor Guard and American Legion Post #51.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Monday at the funeral home beginning at 9 a.m. Contributions in memory of Walter may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.